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Let’s play Where’s the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development!
Today, Victor Hoskins is in China—-he paid for the trip himself, but is taking care of some municipal business. Per his office: “He’s helping to lay the groundwork for a renewed sister city agreement in Beijing and discussing participation in regional international commerce initiatives,” says spokesman Jose Sousa. “He’ll also be taking part in some of the initiatives being spearheaded by GW in the region and will take part in those discussions as well.”
What could that mean? As far as the “regional international commerce initiatives,” there’s this Export DC thing, which is meant to help market D.C.’s businesses abroad. If Hoskins is lucky, he may also make friends with Chinese investors—-or the government itself—-interested in underwriting some of the District’s big development projects still looking for cash to get started (St. Elizabeths, Poplar Point, and McMillan Sand Filtration Plant, to name a few).
On the George Washington University front, a spokeswoman tells me that Business School dean Doug Guthrie, President Steven Knapp, and Provost Steven Lerman are going to Suzhou next week to further develop the academic partnership that launched last fall with Renmin University. Can’t hurt to have a high-ranking D.C. official there as well.